Plan for massive facial recognition database sparks privacy concerns

September 28, 2019 at 09:00PM Identity fraud is justification for collecting photos from drivers’ licences and passports but critics say plan too invasive If you’ve had a driver’s licence photo or passport photo taken in Australia in the past few years, it’s likely your face will end up in a massive new national network theContinue reading “Plan for massive facial recognition database sparks privacy concerns”

ScyllaDB takes on Amazon with new DynamoDB migration tool

September 11, 2019 at 01:24PM There are a lot of open source databases out there, and ScyllaDB, a NoSQL variety, is looking to differentiate itself by attracting none other than Amazon users. Today, it announced a DynamoDB migration tool to help Amazon customers move to its product. It’s a bold move, but Scylla, which hasContinue reading “ScyllaDB takes on Amazon with new DynamoDB migration tool”

Kabbage acquires Radius Intelligence, the marketing tech firm with a database of 20M small businesses

September 03, 2019 at 01:15PM Data is the new oil, as the saying goes, and today Kabbage — a fintech startup backed by SoftBank that has built a business around lending up to $250,000 to small and medium enterprises, using AI-based algorithms to help determine the terms of the loan — is picking up anContinue reading “Kabbage acquires Radius Intelligence, the marketing tech firm with a database of 20M small businesses”

Cockroach Labs announces $55M Series C to battle industry giants

August 06, 2019 at 02:00PM Cockroach Labs, makers of CockroachDB, sits in a tough position in the database market. On one side, it has traditional database vendors like Oracle, and on the other there’s AWS and its family of databases. It takes some good technology and serious dollars to compete with those companies. Cockroach tookContinue reading “Cockroach Labs announces $55M Series C to battle industry giants”

Time: Should You Use a VPN for Internet Privacy? That Depends, Experts Say

July 26, 2019 at 02:41PM It’s safe to say that plenty of the shenanigans you get up to online are being tracked, logged, or monitored by someone. Whether it’s an advertiser getting your attention based on the window shopping you did during Prime Day, Facebook suggesting friends for you based on your interactions on Instagram,Continue reading “Time: Should You Use a VPN for Internet Privacy? That Depends, Experts Say”

Time: How Much Your Data Is Worth to Tech Companies? Lawmakers Want Answers

July 19, 2019 at 08:07PM New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Specifically, companies with more than 100 million users would have to provide each user with an assessment of the financialContinue reading “Time: How Much Your Data Is Worth to Tech Companies? Lawmakers Want Answers”

Intel announces deep, multi-year partnership with SAP

July 18, 2019 at 01:29PM Intel announced a deep partnership with SAP today around using advanced Intel technology to optimize SAP software tools. Specifically the company plans to tune its Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP’s suite of applications. The multi-year partnership includes giving SAP early access to emergingContinue reading “Intel announces deep, multi-year partnership with SAP”

OneTrust raises $200M at a $1.3B valuation to help organizations navigate online privacy rules

July 11, 2019 at 01:17PM GDPR, and the newer California Consumer Privacy Act, have given a legal bite to ongoing developments in online privacy and data protection: it’s always good practice for companies with an online presence to take measures to safeguard people’s data, but now failing to do so can land them in someContinue reading “OneTrust raises $200M at a $1.3B valuation to help organizations navigate online privacy rules”

SAP’s CEO Bill McDermott will join us at TC Sessions: Enterprise

July 10, 2019 at 05:15PM You can’t talk about enterprise software without talking about SAP, the German software giant that now has a market cap of more than $172 billion, making it Europe’s most valuable tech company. To talk about his company and leadership in a rapidly changing environment for enterprise software, SAP CEO BillContinue reading “SAP’s CEO Bill McDermott will join us at TC Sessions: Enterprise”

Anvyl, looking to help D2C brands manage their supply chain, raises $9.3M

July 10, 2019 at 01:30PM Growing D2C brands face an interesting challenge. While they’ve eliminated much of the hassle of a physical storefront, they must still deal with all the complications involved in managing inventory and manufacturing and shipping a physical product to suppliers. Anvyl, with a fresh $9.3 million in Series A funding, isContinue reading “Anvyl, looking to help D2C brands manage their supply chain, raises $9.3M”

ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Go Through Driver’s Licenses, Researchers Say

July 9, 2019 at 10:05AM NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight about word that FBI and ICE agents used driver’s license databases to scan millions of faces without consent. ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Go Through Driver’s Licenses, Researchers Say…

ICE Turned To DMV Driver’s License Databases For Help With Facial Recognition

July 8, 2019 at 09:45PM Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials scanned driver’s license databases and used facial recognition technology to analyze millions of photos without permission in at least three states. ICE Turned To DMV Driver’s License Databases For Help With Facial Recognition…

FBI, ICE Use State Driver’s License Databases To Scan Photos

July 8, 2019 at 03:12PM New documents show that the FBI and ICE are using state driver’s license databases to scan photos. NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Alvaro Bedoya of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology. FBI, ICE Use State Driver’s License Databases To Scan Photos…

Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste

July 05, 2019 at 11:24AM China’s war on garbage is as digitally savvy as the country itself. Think QR codes attached to trash bags that allow a municipal government to trace exactly where its trash comes from. On July 1, the world’s most populated city Shanghai began a compulsory garbage sorting program. Under the newContinue reading “Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste”

Demo your startup at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019

July 02, 2019 at 09:00PM Every year hundreds of startups launch with dreams of becoming the next enterprise software unicorn. And it’s no wonder, given the $500 billion market and the rate at which the enterprise giants snap up emerging players. If you’re the founder of an early-stage enterprise startup, join us for TC Sessions:Continue reading “Demo your startup at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019”

Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out and manage engineering projects, nabs $10M

July 01, 2019 at 11:09AM Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly important component of how a lot of technology works; now it’s also being applied to how technologists themselves work. Today, one of the startups building such a tool has raised some capital, Tara.ai, a platform that uses machine learning to help an organization getContinue reading “Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out and manage engineering projects, nabs $10M”

Time: This New App Promises to Block Robocalls Forever. But Should We Have to Pay for That?

June 27, 2019 at 09:18PM A new app is promising to rid your life of robocall spam and scams once and for all, in exchange for a monthly fee. But it also raises the question: why should we have to pay to block robocalls at all? Firewall, an iOS app from the creators of temporaryContinue reading “Time: This New App Promises to Block Robocalls Forever. But Should We Have to Pay for That?”

Snowflake co-founder and president of product Benoit Dageville is coming to TC Sessions: Enterprise

June 25, 2019 at 05:00PM When it comes to a cloud success story, Snowflake checks all the boxes. It’s a SaaS product going after industry giants. It has raised bushels of cash and grown extremely rapidly — and the story is continuing to develop for the cloud data lake company. In September, Snowflake’s co-founder andContinue reading “Snowflake co-founder and president of product Benoit Dageville is coming to TC Sessions: Enterprise”

Orderful nabs $10M from A16Z to modernise the B2B supply chain network

June 25, 2019 at 02:08PM The march of globalization continues unabated, and with it comes a growing demand for companies of all sizes to communicate with and sell to each other, regardless of the distance or any other barrier. Now, a startup that has built a platform to help them do that better and moreContinue reading “Orderful nabs $10M from A16Z to modernise the B2B supply chain network”

Transitioning from engineering to product with Adobe’s Anjul Bhambhri

June 20, 2019 at 06:05PM Many roles inside of startups and tech companies are clear: marketers market, salespeople sell, engineers engineer. Then there are the roles like “product manager” that seem obvious on the surface (product managers “product,” right?) but in reality are very fuzzy roles that can be highly variable across different companies. AContinue reading “Transitioning from engineering to product with Adobe’s Anjul Bhambhri”

MongoDB gets a data lake, new security features and more

June 18, 2019 at 02:00PM MongoDB is hosting its developer conference today and unsurprisingly, the company has quite a few announcements to make. Some are straightforward, like the launch of MongoDB 4.2 with some important new security features, while others, like the launch of the company’s Atlas Data Lake, point the company beyond its coreContinue reading “MongoDB gets a data lake, new security features and more”

Salesforce Customer Data Platform begins to take shape

June 18, 2019 at 01:06PM Salesforce announced it is making progress toward releasing a Customer Data Platform (CDP) this week at Salesforce Connections in Chicago. While the company is talking in greater detail about the platform, they are calling Customer 360, it won’t be available for pilot customers until this Fall. The idea behind theContinue reading “Salesforce Customer Data Platform begins to take shape”

Apollo raises $22M for its GraphQL platform

June 12, 2019 at 05:00PM Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a number of developer and operator tools and services around the GraphQL query language, today announced that it has raised a $22 million growth funding round co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Existing investors Trinity Ventures and Webb Investment Network also participatedContinue reading “Apollo raises $22M for its GraphQL platform”